Our environment is no longer what it used to be in the past. Harmful elements now surround us and pose risks to our health and the community we live in.
It is therefore our responsibility to make our home as green as possible today. It may not have been built in a green manner but what matters is you are able to take action in the present time and make it as environment friendly as possible.
Making your home energy efficient can easily be done without having to spend so much. There are many areas where you can change certain fixtures to let you enjoy big savings for the long term.
The lights you use in the house are a major consideration. Make sure you use only the compact flourescent bulbs. Did you know that you can save as much as $400 in a year just by swapping 10 light bulbs?
Check your air conditioner and be sure to change the filter regularly. Doing this will make your unit run more efficiently. Another tip to help you maximize the cool air is to position properly the furniture in the room to prevent them from blocking air vents.
It’s a big help as well if you plant a tree or any vegetation outside a big window in your home. The tree can provide shade and protect your home from too much sunlight and freezing winds. Did you know that planting low-water native plants can also reduce your water bill?
An attic fan is another important appliance you need to invest in. Its role is to help spread cold or hot air in the room thereby preventing your heating unit or air conditioner from working too hard.
It is also recommended that you use a thermostat and timer for your water heater. The thermostat should be programmable so you can ensure that your home is kept warm or cool even when you’re away.